Some people behave foolishly on a sporadic basis; other is consistently foolish in society. The societal problem is also a dominant feature of stories for children. In Tales of Wonder from Many Lands there are many foolish characters that are deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence. How can the foolish characters in Tales of Wonder from Many Lands be classified? The foolish characters in this text can be classified according to their lack of knowledge or lack of ability to use knowledge to good effect. Three Groups of foolish characters includes characters who act possessive, gullible and short sighted.
The first group of foolish characters in Tales of Wonder from Many Lands consists of those who are possessive. Foolish characters in this group are often seen as obsessive and impulsive who are willing to do many tasks. However, at times these characters portray an innocent personality. For instance in “Hansel and Gretel,” The witch seemed like a kind old woman to the children, but after luring them to her candy built home she caged them up and anticipated eating them. The children proved the witch to be foolish by putting out chicken bones so she could check their fingers to see if they were fattening up. Also Gretel pretended to act as if she didn’t know how to work oven to cook her brother which made the witch foolishly check and be burned to her death. Like in Hansel and Gretel, the witch in “Rapunzel,” was also possessive and portrayed an innocent personality. She pretended to be Rapunzel true mother as she was to raise her as her own. She kept her locked in the tower away from people and when she allowed the prince to come and see her every evening the witch felt betrayed and burdened her to a waste and desert place after cutting off her beautiful long hair.
The second group of foolish characters in Tales of Wonder from Many Lands consists of those who are gullible. Foolish characters in this group believe what enemies, or people who are...
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